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Rule 615. Excluding Witnesses

Arizona Revised Statutes AnnotatedRules of Evidence for Courts in the State of ArizonaEffective: January 1, 2024

Arizona Revised Statutes Annotated
Rules of Evidence for Courts in the State of Arizona (Refs & Annos)
Article VI. Witnesses (Refs & Annos)
Effective: January 1, 2024
Arizona Rules of Evidence, Rule 615
Rule 615. Excluding Witnesses
At a party's request, the court must order witnesses excluded from the courtroom and prohibited from receiving trial testimony through any means, so that they cannot hear or review other witnesses' testimony. Or the court may do so on its own. But this rule does not authorize excluding:
(a) a party who is a natural person;
(b) one officer or employee of a party that is not a natural person if that officer or employee has been designated as the party's representative by its attorney;
(c) any person whose presence a party shows to be essential to presenting the party's claim or defense;
(d) a person authorized by statute to be present; or
(e) a victim of crime, as defined by applicable law, who wishes to be present during proceedings against the defendant.


Amended Oct. 19, 1988, effective Nov. 1, 1988; Nov. 12, 1991, effective Dec. 31, 1991; Sept. 8, 2011, effective Jan. 1, 2012; Aug. 24, 2023, effective Jan. 1, 2024.
17A Pt. 1 A. R. S. Rules of Evid., Rule 615, AZ ST REV Rule 615
State Court Rules are current with amendments received through May 1, 2024. The Code of Judicial Administration is current with amendments received through May 1, 2024.
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